SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – Authorities are searching for a suspect connected to a road rage incident that lead to a shooting on Sunday.
Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) says the incident happened along SR-201 near 3800 West around midnight. The suspect’s vehicle is described as late ’90s model Jeep Grand Cherokee in silver or white with damage to the driver’s side. The car has a Utah license plate, but the letters and numbers are unknown.
Authorities say the incident happened when two vehicles traveling eastbound along the SR-201 were sideswiping each other before one vehicle was shot at multiple times.
The vehicle that was shot at contained three passengers — an adult male driver, an adult female passenger, and an infant female. UHP says one round of shots struck the rear passenger side door where the infant was seated, but the baby was not harmed.
The male driver was struck by shrapnel, but is in good condition and did not require medical attention.
The suspect fled the scene before authorities arrived and is currently at large.
At this point UHP Says it’s unknown just how the suspected road rage was initiated
Roden tells ABC4 that “investigators are looking into how long that happened and what happened prior to the shooting.”
Today’s shooting comes less than one week after a driver opened fire at several vehicles traveling along I-15 in Central Utah, leaving 2 people injured.
Roden says “we have no direct connection between the two incidents, although, witnesses have reported a similar vehicle description but we no evidence to link the two together.
“While there’s no confirmation at this point if the 2 incidents are connected, police warn the public to keep their eyes peeled for any suspicious activity on the road.
At this time, Utah Highway Patrol and the Utah State bureau of investigation are looking into who the suspect is and they’re asking for anyone who may have been in the area or have seen that suspected vehicle
Officials say the 90’s model Jeep Cherokee is said to have damage to the front driver’s door. The color according to officials is described is either white or silver with unknown Utah Plates If you see it you are asked to Utah highway patrol.
UHP also tells ABC4 that it’s unknown if these individuals knew one another. And an investigation is ongoing.
A suspect description and location is currently unknown. The Utah State Bureau of Investigation is currently investigation the situation. If anyone has information about the incident, contact UHP at (801) 887-3800.